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Sunbeam Tiger

Sunbeam Tiger

With V8s being fitted to many sportscars, Sunbeam were only trying what many others had done by 1964. They took their four-cylinder Alpine, which usually had a 91ci (1.4-liter) engine, and fitted a Ford V8. Being a British company, Ford had no problem selling their Mustang's 260ci (4.6-liter) V8 and the unit fitted well. The Alpine bodyshell needed little work in order to take the new larger engine, the most notable change being a switch to rack and pinion steering, as the standard recirculating ball system got in the way. Also, the engine left no room for the battery so that had to be mounted in the trunk. The chassis was very strong, featuring an X-brace design welded to the body and carrying wishbone suspension at the front and a live axle rear on leaf springs. All the spring rates and shocks were uprated, but on twisty streets, the car would show its limitations.

Sunbeam Tiger Specifications

Top speed:117 mph (187 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):9.7 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:289 ci (4,735 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:164 bhp (122 kW) @ 4,400 rpm
Max torque:258 lb ft (349 Nm) @ 2,200 rpm
Weight:2,644 lb (1,201 kg)
Economy:14.7 mpg (5.25 km/I)
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